leadership & staff

Good Mews is governed by a board of directors and operated on a daily basis by staff and volunteers made up of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals across many areas of expertise. They contribute significant amounts of time, talent, and energy to further the mission of the organization.

meet our board of directors




Associate Director of the Department of Career Planning and Development
Kennesaw State University
Good Mews Associate Since: 2000
Email Lori

Lori joined the Board in 2003. She was elected Secretary in 2004 and President in 2016. Lori has been an adoption counselor since she began volunteering with Good Mews in 2000 and is the former co-chair of the committee. She currently co-chairs the Disaster Recovery committee. Lori has assisted as a medical volunteer and served as a foster home when needed. She sends acknowledgements for memorial and honorarium donations made through the website, serves as one of the administrators for the shelter Facebook pages, and participates in fundraising events as her schedule permits. She co-chaired the Live/Silent Auction fundraiser in 2007-2008 and 2010, as well as the inaugural Herding Cats 5K in 2016. In addition to Good Mews, Lori also volunteers with Red Rover as a Disaster Responder. Further, Lori is one of 25 instructors for the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Coaching Intensive Program. She holds a BS/BA and a Master of Arts from Northwestern State University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from The University of Georgia. Lori resides in Dallas.

vice president

vice president


Owner/Operator, Happy Kitty Feline Care
Good Mews Associate Since: 2015
Email Elizabeth

Elizabeth began volunteering with Good Mews as an adoption counselor in 2015 and shortly thereafter joined the Medical Committee. She currently chairs the Marketing Committee and is the producer of the Good Mews “mewvie trailer” videos as well as other A/V projects. Elizabeth also obtained and manages the Google AdGrants program for Good Mews and is an administrator for Good Mews social media presence. She joined the Board in 2016 and led the initiative for Good Mews’ most recent website redesign. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Psychology from LaGrange College. She has an extensive career background in Human Resources and Real Estate, and is currently the Owner/Operator of Happy Kitty Feline Care. Elizabeth resides in Marietta with her husband, Jay and their three furkids.




Senior Analyst, SITA
Good Mews Associate Since: 2006
Email Michelle

Michelle began volunteering at Good Mews in 2006. She started with steam cleaning cat trees and enjoyed being at the shelter so much that she moved on to working with other committees such as clean and feed, kitty buddy and adoptions. In 2009 she took over the role as Adoption Committee Co-Chair. In addition to that role, she also assists with the website (particularly the CATalog of available cats), participates in a variety of fundraising events, and serves as an administrator on the Good Mews Facebook page. She joined the board in 2009 and began serving as Secretary in 2018. She is responsible for maintaining the official records of Board meetings, compiling agendas, and recording votes and minutes. Michelle is a senior analyst at SITA, which is a multinational information technology company providing IT and telecommunication services to the air transport industry. She lives in Marietta with her feline kids.




Good Mews Associate Since: 1999
Email Robbin

Robbin has been on the Board and served as Treasurer since 2002. She was a Clean & Feed volunteer for four years and is on the Relocation Committee and Disaster Recovery Committee. Robbin has worked in the accounting profession for over 30 years. She maintains the Good Mews accounting system, prepares financial reports for the Board, coordinates the preparation of the annual budget, coordinates the annual audits and tax filings, and is responsible for maintaining cash flow. She served as acting Shelter Manager for three years during the down economy, and she implemented many new medical and cleaning protocols for the health of the residents. Robbin is also active in fundraising. She serves as Co-Chair of the Building Committee, which is currently overseeing the completion of the facility’s surgical suite. Robbin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and lives with her significant other, Fred, in Acworth.




Senior Manager, Interactive Customer Support
Verizon Wireless
Good Mews Associate since 2017
email jennifer

Jennifer was born and raised in New York in a family of animal lovers. She moved to Atlanta in 2001 while working for a Big 4 consulting company. Jennifer has 20 years experience in the Telecom industry in a variety of roles from audit to system implementation. As a Senior Manager in Customer Service Operations at Verizon Wireless she is focused on interactive customer support. In 2017 she received an award for Customer Service Leadership for her role in implementation and ongoing management of an enterprise-wide application that brings significant cost savings to the company.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and management information systems. She is also a Certified Usability Analyst through Human Factors International.

Jennifer joined the Good Mews Board of Directors in 2017. She currently lives in Roswell with her husband and 4 rescue cats.




Senior Financial Project Manager
Northside Hospital
Good Mews Associate since 2003
email kristen

Kristen has been a volunteer with Good Mews on the Clean & Feed Committee since 2003. She has served as a Clean & Feed shift leader, a Kitty Buddy and as Volunteer Coordinator for the 2016 Good Mews Auction. She participates in several of the shelter’s fundraising events and serves as Patriot’s Kitty Keeper. Kristen also volunteers with our network partner, Best Friends Animal Society, at events such as the annual Strut your Mutt. Kristen joined the Good Mews Board of Directors in November 2017.

Kristen has a BA in Communication Studies and Psychology from Stetson University. She has worked in the Finance Division of Northside Hospital since 1999. She resides in Sandy Springs with her dog, Avery, and three kitties, Charlie, Linus and Lucy.




Good Mews Associate since 2008
Email Cynthia

Cynthia joined Good Mews as a clean and feed volunteer in 2008 and continues her clean and feed role as shift leader for her team. She also served as the Chairman of the Clean and Feed Committee for two years. In addition, she has been a member of the shelter’s Disaster Committee since 2012. Cynthia joined the Good Mews Board of Directors in 2017. Her professional background is in Human Resources and Total Rewards. She serves on the Board and Steering Committee of two local Benefit Groups. She is a native New Yorker who currently resides with her husband, Doug, and family in Marietta, GA.

meet our staff

shelter manager

shelter manager


Email Kendra

Kendra is a native of metro Atlanta and a 2009 graduate from The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology. She started her animal welfare career in college as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician for the life sciences department working with rodents, primates, and various aquatic animals. After graduation, she worked as Lead Veterinary Assistant at Banfield Pet Hospital in Buckhead until 2014. Here she learned the foundation of preventive care in dogs, cats, and other small mammals. Eventually, she wanted to broaden her technical skills and veterinary knowledge, so she began working at Cobb and Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinics as a Veterinary Assistant, where she was later promoted to Floor Supervisor in 2015. In 2016, Kendra began volunteering at Good Mews Animal Foundation as a member of the meds committee, administering medications to the shelter residents. She loves this organization and was thrilled to begin a new path in shelter medicine by joining the Good Mews team in July 2017 as a feline care technician. In early 2018 she was promoted to the position of Shelter Manager.

feline care technician

feline care technician


Email Caroline

Caroline is a North Georgia native and a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Integrative Studies with concentrations in Leadership and Political Science. She began her career with animals at PetSmart as a Pet Care Specialist, caring for the store’s small animals, birds, and reptiles before working as a Kennel Technician at Midway Animal Hospital in Alpharetta. Although she enjoyed private practice, she found her calling in the animal shelter world when she began working as an Admissions Specialist at the Atlanta Humane Society, where she learned a lot about animal welfare and some of the basics of shelter medicine. Caroline is so excited to now be at Good Mews, where she is constantly learning new things about this field.

feline care technician

feline care technician


Email Heather

Heather was born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ. She is one of three sisters. Heather attended Northern Arizona University and received her B.S. in Biology. She has a great passion for animals and hopes to get into wildlife conservation and/or shelter medicine in her future. She worked as a vet assistant in Flagstaff for over a year and learned many things about the industry. She moved to Atlanta to try something new in November 2017. Heather loves to travel and even got to experience living in New Zealand for a year while doing wildlife studies. She absolutely loves working with the kitties at Good Mews.

contract veterinarian

contract veterinarian



Dr. Johnson first began her veterinary career in 1989. She was a veterinary technician for 15 years prior to veterinary school, mainly in emergency medicine. Before that she worked in aviation management, retail management and accounting. Her belief is that it took her until later in life to finally listen to what God was telling her to do which is why she was the oldest student in her class when she graduated from Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She had an interest in shelter medicine while in school but remained in the field of emergency medicine. She moved to Canton right after graduation and worked at Cobb and Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinics for over 9 years. She began volunteering for Good Mews in 2017 and has since retired from emergency medicine to begin a new chapter at Good Mews.

committee heads


Michelle Kirkham and Jean Hess

clean & feed

Jen Sypeck and Lynn Woodruff


Sarah Poland

community outreach

Lisa Bass

disaster recovery

Lori Trahan and Robbin Yeager


Robbin Yeager


Virginia Benzier

kitty buddy

Leslie Cooper and Linda Smith


Elizabeth Finch


Linda Freeman and Michael Salyers

special events

Ruth Turner


Stella Blenner and Melissa Wardlaw


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